The Night Chancers

Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #26 / 184
User Score
Based on 220 ratings
2020 Ratings: #26
Liked by 9 people
March 20, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Heavenly / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

The Night Chancers is Dury’s most accomplished work, its self awareness and innate understanding of genre and language shows the songwriter to be in the prime of his creativity.


Of course this is a great record. Of course this is essential listening. At this point in his career he’s still getting better, and that’s a scary proposition.

Under The Radar

While Dury may be referencing specific targets for his words, there’s a level of ambiguity that makes each and every one of The Night Chancers relative by association to the listener.

The Arts Desk

Dury has always been a distinctive voice, but here he seems to have found a new clarity, not just in the timbre of his tone, but also in the world he draws with it.


Alongside its pleasing soundtrack of French pop, electronica and disco, Baxter Dury has settled on a unique formula that works.

Loud and Quiet

Dury is a bit of a wordsmith, but in a way that doesn’t alienate anyone. It’s matter-of-fact, anti-intellectual even. Above anything else, Dury shows us that a little bit of melody and a lot of honesty can go a long way.


A master of eulogising the grubby underbelly, Baxter’s is the kind of voice that’s utterly out of step with the modern, fearful, social media-courting world, and all the better for it.


It seems safe to say that records as good as this prove that Baxter has arrived with a voice and sound of his own.

The Guardian

Shunning big hooks and choruses, the indie raconteur turns his hand to immaculate character studies of life’s losers.


With a voice that embodies moderately priced red wine and late, late nights, Dury is one of the most distinctive figures in contemporary British oddball-pop.

The Telegraph

A set of seductive, atmospheric late-night grooves on which Dury conjures sinister vignettes of insomniac dwellers of the wee small hours.

The Sydney Morning Herald
On his sixth album, he has rubbery, loping bass lines driving the sound, with stringy synths and Euro-pop oscillations providing counterpoint.
Current AOTY Frontrunner.

Almost 18 years ago, Baxter Dury emerged as one of the oddest, promising acts in the British indie rock scene. An enigmatic musician, he spent much of his career, album after album, piecing together a sound that was truly his own. In 2020, reaching the pinnacle of his artistic ingenuity, Dury cements his place with not only his finest, most formidable, fully recognized work, but musically, it's a glamorous celebration/culmination of all his notable accomplishments as ... read more
Guys, I Breathe, Eat And Sleep Baxter Dury. Ever since I found Prince of Tears on Metacritic in late 2017, I've been obsessed with his Music. Look at my scrobbles for him, Its insane! Seriously, he is one of the best-kept secrets in the music industry. Everything he releases is gold. So here is a summary of my thoughts on his other projects.

Len Parrot's Memorial Lift: He brought back the sound of the Velvet Underground and "modernized" it. Its lo-fi, grimy, and incredibly ... read more
Not reliant on a certain suave or calm demeanor to get his point across, Mr. Baxter Dury, with the aid of his compatriots provides an album that thrives on straightforwardness but is beautifully constructed. Dury’s gravely voice is tasked with delivering stories spun out of irritation, disgust and love, choked full of crude grievances and vague sentiments. All of these unusual but familiar features compile for one fascinatingly irreverent display of sarcasm and surprising musicality. ... read more
A new gem from our favourite English dandy, "The Night Chancer" offers an amazing walk between gutter funk and shallow indie pop. On the protest side of the British chessboard, there are the IDLES, on the other there is the poetic Baxter Dury, two aspects of the same culture, two facets of the same civilization, two different filthy atmospheres.

His humour, his way of not singing while singing, his sibylline poetry, his natural indolence which borders on casualness without falling ... read more
"The Night Chasers" is an undeniably well-produced and sharply-written album. I love the slick grooves on this thing and I especially love the bass. It's acceptably short and while there are maybe a couple of tracks that could've had a bit more time on the drawing board, Dury still kept me engaged with his stories and alluring compositions.

Fav Tracks: Saliva Hog; I'm Not Your Dog; Carla's Got a Boyfriend; Slumlord; Hello, I'm Sorry; Say Nothing

Least Fav Track: Sleep ... read more
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Track List

  1. I'm Not Your Dog
  2. Slumlord
  3. Saliva Hog
  4. Samurai
  5. Sleep People
  6. Carla's Got a Boyfriend
  7. The Night Chancers
  8. Hello, I'm Sorry
  9. Daylight
  10. Say Nothing
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Added on: November 19, 2019